I have learned a great lesson on refrain.
When is it time to stop sharing, to stop producing hope for others, and to back off from an attempt at civility and walk away? Not to cause strife, discord, or slander, but to cut the bond of hole-filled glue that has never stuck well together is what is on the forefront of my current thoughts.
We are to be lights. Lights for Jesus. That’s what we teach our children and our example for the world. But what if the light that we carry gets stuck under the shoe of dissension, or the barrel has a sand bag on top so that the light can’t push its way out? Do we let that light just simmer out or do we cut it off on our own and move on?
Ecclesiastes 3:1 ESV
For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven
For there is a time you can walk away. You don’t need to be beat up and then have your feelings urge you to fight back, feel anger, look for retribution, cause further strife, or succumb to the thought processes of another. Toxicity is not meant for the children of God.
The Lord will provide a way back if His will so calls for it. It may be difficult to cut the line at first, but He does provide healing for all.
There is a time to be temperate in character and to let the Lord work things out. A change needs to take place before any interruption comes to pass. There also may be cause that the interruption will remain in place causing for peace to take hold as replacement to what has been lost.
The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and instruction
Therefore the fear of the Lord should guide our steps. Do not allow for yourself to fall into foolish ways. And just because someone calls you a fool, your standards are above those of the world, but fall on the Lord’s statutes which are above reproach. His convictions outweigh those of any man.For there is a time you can walk away. You don't need to be beat up and then have your feelings urge you to fight back, feel anger, look for retribution, cause further strife, or succumb to the thought processes of another. Toxicity… Click To Tweet
So as I refrain from further strife, loneliness may encounter me as I put new approaches to relationships into practice. I encourage you as well as myself to hold on to the face that these are growing pains in our faith walk, a season of change, and a step away from foolishness and into wisdom.